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neal2BLOOMFIELD – Classical guitarist Neal Fitzpatrick will perform in concert at 1 p.m. March 17 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, located at 467 Bloomfield Ave. This concert originally was scheduled for January.

The concert is being sponsored by the Archbishop O’Brien Library there.

He will perform some of his own compositions as well as works by South American composers Agustin Barrios, Leo Brouwer, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Manuel Ponce, as well as by Francisco Tarrega of Mexico. Most of this music was composed in the 20th century with the exception of Tarrega’s, whose works span the late 19th century and early 20th century.

A Connecticut native, Mr. Fitzpatrick has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. He studied extensively with jazz great Sal Salvador and world-renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin. He continued his studies at Yale under another master and innovator of the guitar, Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale he served as Mr. Verdery's teaching assistant for one year.

His awards include the Hartt School’s annual Applied Music Department Guitar Award for Excellence and the Benjamin Jepson Award at Yale, an award given to a Connecticut native who excelled while in the music program.

Mr. Fitzpatrick is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at such diverse venues as the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Yale Center for British Art, Sprague Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Neighborhood Music School, Yale Guitar Extravaganza and New York City Guitar Festival, as well as at Woolsey Hall with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has performed widely at libraries throughout the tri-state area.

He was also a member of the New Haven-based Audubon Ensemble contemporary classical music group, with which he premiered a work for solo classical guitar by composer S. Beth May.

Mr. Fitzpatrick maintains a thriving private teaching studio in which he teaches both classical and jazz guitar. He also teaches and chairs the guitar department at the Community Music School in Centerbrook.

He has taught at the Trinity College Lessons Program and Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven and has given private lessons in guitar at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, where he was on the faculty of the Audubon Summer Arts Program. He also has coached the jazz ensemble at the Hopkins School in New Haven.

A free-will offering will be accepted. An informal reception will follow the concert. The public is invited. Organizers are recommending registration, which may be arranged at (860) 242-5573, ext. 2608/2609.